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Jesus -- the Guru #17

“The Call for Disciples”

Those who recognize the authority of Jesus can then decide to be His disciples. Of course, this is no small decision. A disciple is a follower of the Master. He shares the Master’s life (remember 8:20). He shares the Master’s fate (remember Mt. 5:11-12). He shares the Master’s work. When the Master is gone, the disciple replaces the Master and continues the work.

Jesus’ prime task in His ministry was to call and train disciples. He knew His time was limited, only three years of ministry. He knew the needs of the world would go on. He needed disciples to continue the work, both then and now.

A. The Need

Read Matthew 9:35-10:4

The Workers Are Few

9:35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

10:1He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;3Philip and Bartholomew; Yesudas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.


Even in His lifetime, Jesus needed help. He could not reach all the people in need. He called disciples and gave them His authority. The group of twelve were called "“apostles,” meaning “sent ones.” Jesus’ disciples were trained and sent to heal the world.

The first group of twelve apostles was a mixed group. Some were brothers. One had been a despised collaborator with the Romans, a tax collector for them. This was Matthew, the author of our gospel. Another disciple was a “Zealot.” These were people trying to drive the Romans out of Israel violently. One betrayed Jesus.

These men were not from the elite of the society. Several were fishermen. They were not highly educated. They were not trained spiritual leaders. Yet, it is to such as these that Jesus gave the authority and responsibility of discipleship.

Do you think Jesus would call you to be His disciple? If not, why not?

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